Christmas At Harriniva

Christmas in Harriniva

Christmas in Harriniva

Father Christmas and his Elves

Snowmobiling in Harriniva

Snowmobiling in Harriniva

Drive your own Snowmobile in Harriniva

Family Room at Harriniva

Family Room at Harriniva

Log Cabin Style Hotel Room

Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Meet Santa In His Home

Huskies in Harriniva

Huskies in Harriniva

Drive your own team of Huskies in Harriniva

Christmas At Harriniva

Harriniva Wilderness Lodge is set in the heart of Finnish Lapland, nestled on the banks of the frozen Muonio River. Wrapped in a cloak of pristine white snow this informal, friendly family-run lodge offers you the warmest of welcomes. With its own husky kennels and reindeer corral, this is a fairy-tale setting for a magical Father Christmas experience.

22 DEC 2019: Finnish Lapland – Depart London Gatwick to Kittila
On arrival, you will be met by your local guide and transfer by coach to Harriniva, under an hour away. Children receive a small welcome pack and the adults an update on the programme. Check-in and head straight for your room, where your thermal clothing will be ready. A welcome drink is served with dinner in the main restaurant.

23 DEC 2019: Husky Safari & Elf Making
This morning it is time to meet the Harriniva huskies. A 400-strong family, each with their own name tag. You may even get to meet some of the newborn puppies. All bark excitedly, eager to start their run through the forest paths. Grown-ups mush 2 per dog team whilst children ride in husky sleds behind the Lapp guide. Once on your way, the only sounds that punctuate the snowy silence are the panting of the dogs and the enthusiastic calls of the musher. When the children return, they get the chance to mush their own huskies too.

Lunch will be served back at the lodge, after which you will head to a nearby kota where you will make your very own keepsake ‘Tonttu’ (that’s Finnish for elf) while making toasting marshmallows over the fire.  A buffet dinner is served in the main restaurant, leaving plenty of time to continue playing in the snow or go in search of the aurora borealis.

24 DEC 2019: Snow Fun, Cookie Baking and Santa Surprise.

After breakfast today it is time to try your hand at cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. There is also the thrill of a toboggan ride and kick-sledding, you could even challenge each other to an ice hockey game. Children can try the mini-skidoos. Just watch out for a possible stray snowball! Lunch is served in the restaurant.

This afternoon each family takes a once in a lifetime journey out into the forest and along a secret trail marked by lanterns hanging in the trees. In the heart of the forest you discover the Lady of the Woods, sheltering in her teepee with some of Santa’s Elves. They greet and guide you to a giant log cabin where Santa lives - the rest is a secret until you meet him. Whilst waiting for your sleigh to arrive you help to decorate a Christmas tree, bake traditional gingerbread cookies, and enjoy some traditional Christmas crafts.

Later that evening you will enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner served in the Aurora Borealis kota. During the evening you should hear the distant sound of sleigh bells followed by a knock on the door – an ancient Sami spirit has told Santa where you are! Led by a herder in traditional Sami costume, Santa will make your earlier wishes come true and delivers a small present to everyone, grown-ups and children alike.

25 DEC 2019: Family Christmas Day

After breakfast, enjoy some free time with your family.  Return to the lodge for lunch after which you will build and decorate you own gingerbread houses. Christmas dinner is served in the main restaurant.

26 DEC 2019: Snowmobile Adventure, ice fishing and Sharman ceremony

After breakfast in the restaurant, you will head out with your guide by snowmobile through snow covered forests, over frozen lakes and swamps amongst the fells. You will drive in pairs, swapping half way so you both get a chance to drive the snowmobile.  Children will ride in a sled pulled along by a guide. 

Lunch will be served in the restaurant, and in the afternoon, you will head out with the guide to the lake and try your hand at ice fishing.  Hot drinks and cookies will be served and an ancient mystical Shaman will appear and tell a story of ancient folklore.  He will also perform a 'Crossing the Arctic Circle' ceremony. You will later be awarded a diploma and license to mark your achievements.   Dinner is served in the main restaurant.

27 DEC 2019: Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Jeris Spa

After breakfast you will head off by coach on the short trip to Torassieppi reindeer farm, the origins of which date back to 1847. Here you will learn about the Sami reindeer herders, visit the old house and museum, master the art of lasso throwing and feed the reindeer. You will also be taken on a short reindeer drive

Lunch will be served in the Ice Restaurant before you head to Jeris Spa a perfect way to relax after the morning activities. The spa has two heated pools as well as an electric Sauna and a real Lappish wood heated smoke sauna. For those who are more adventurous there is also a 25-metre illuminated ice pool.

Hot drinks and pastries will be served at Jeris before a return coach transfer back to Harriniva and dinner in the main restaurant.

28 DEC 2019:  Free Day

Today is free to enjoy as you please.  You can choose to relax, enjoy the snow or book an additional optional excursion.  Lunch is served in the main restaurant and in the evening you had out to a kota and enjoy a traditional meal around the open fire.

29 DEC 2018: Return to the UK

You will be provided with a packed breakfast before your early departure transfer back to Kittila airport in time for your return flight back to the UK.

Temperatures can vary at this time between 0°c and -30°c. as such local conditions can mean that the itinerary, location, duration and order of excursions may change. Any decision to do this is to ensure your comfort, enjoyment and safety at the resort.

 

 

 

Harriniva Wilderness Lodge
Harriniva Wilderness Lodge

Harriniva Wilderness Lodge stands alongside the frozen Muonio River,  marking the border between Finnish and Swedish Lapland. Here, the Pietikainen family have offered hospitality for over 25 years to travellers, fishermen, skiers and adventurers. Comfortable and versatile accommodation includes 46 pine-clad rooms, all with private WC/shower.

 

In addition, there are 6 larger rooms with private saunas and 12 duplex, apartment-style rooms, ideal for larger families. Close by are Harriniva’s latest innovation, a small intimate snow hotel and Aurora Domes.

 

Harriniva’s cosy bar offers a warm welcome after the day’s exertions with coffee/tea and snacks served throughout the day. The lively restaurant has a wide choice of meals, and successfully combines local specialities with international cuisine, whilst the sauna is a perfect place to relax and recharge.

 

Harriniva is also home to the largest Siberian husky breeding kennels in Lapland. Situated a short walk from the lodge, the 400-strong pack are lovingly reared and all individually named. A tour of the farm often includes a visit to any new additions to the fold.